I'm sorry this is a very local-to-Portland post, but I think most everyone can relate to it. I have noticed in Portland that produce (specifically fruit, but some veggies too) do not impress me that much. I know, I know it's CRAZY, preposterous even, but it's kind of true. Berries, I am not looking at you.
In St. Louis the two locally owned grocery stores I went to, Schnucks and Dierbergs, (p.s. I thought every major city worked like this and had its own good non-national supermarket) had AMAZING fruit. And yes, most of it supplied by nearby farms. Sure, they flew things in from South America, etc. and yes, I support eating what is in season, not just what you want when you want it, and all that stuff that we agree on for the most part. And no, I don't know their politics.
I am just saying very simply I thought when I moved here I would be knocked over with the abundance of impressive fruit. New Seasons (like a local Whole Foods) is great but expensive and I love farmers' markets but sometimes I just need to run and pick up some veggies any ol' time I want. SO, moving to this neighborhood I was a little afraid of what my neighborhood grocery would have to offer.
Well, now you CAN knock me over with a feather when we went to Portland Fruit Company. I was honestly prepared to be disappointed but oh my was I wrong. And the prices!!! This is what we bought for UNDER $20
They have like 3 or 6 lbs or something crazy of brown bananas for 50 cents (banana bread is literally in my oven). The owner waited on us and was as NICE as can be. He said it would be their 17th anniversary soon, and it made me so proud to be in my new neighborhood. They even offer to hold your bags so you can walk to the other grocery store and not schlep your purchase from them with you. And they offer discounted prices when you buy by the crate. I mean peppers for 65 cents! And it is all really pretty. We are making corn chowder right now and opening that corn up was almost like a present, it was so pretty and perfect. I am not much of a cook but this being so close by… I am really excited.